Life Events

Part of being human is to acknowledge and mark certain moments in life. Some of those moments will be occasions for celebration; others will be times of mourning or sadness.

Baptism

Baptism is the sacrament of new life, by which we are incorporated into Christ, and are clothed with his risen life. If you would like to arrange for your baby or child to be baptised (Christened), or if you would like to be baptised yourself, please contact Fr Daniel. More information is available for parents in our Baptism Leaflet, which you can download at the bottom of this page, or click here for information on the Church of England’s website.

Download our baptism leaflet for parents to learn more via the link below.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a sacrament, administered by the bishop, in which the candidate renews the vows made at baptism (if baptised as an infant), and receives the laying on of hands as the Holy Spirit is asked to confirm him/her in the faith. We share our annual Confirmation service with St Mary’s and St Thomas’s. Please contact Fr Daniel if you would like to find out more.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

As human beings, we are made in God’s image, yet the reality is that we mar that image by doing wrong (sinning) against God and our neighbour. The Sacrament of Reconciliation allows the penitent to make their confession to God in the presence of a priest, and to receive God’s forgiveness (absolution). Some people like to make their confession regularly; others might do so at particular moments in their lives, or when a particularly grievous matter in on their conscience. Fr Daniel is available to hear confessions on the first Tuesday of each month between 6 pm and 6.30 pm, or contact him to arrange an appointment.

Marriage (weddings)

If you wish to get married in St John’s please contact Fr Daniel before making any other plans to ensure that you are entitled to be married here. If for some reason it is not possible to be married at St John’s, Fr Daniel will help you make alternative arrangements.

Ministry to the Sick

Sickness can be a time of great pain, anxiety and distress, not only for the person who is sick, but also their relatives and friends. A range of ministry is available to those who are sick, including our monthly Eucharist for Healing and Wholeness. For those whose illness is acute, a priest can be available for laying on of hands and anointing, likewise for the Last Rites when someone is close to death. Please contact Fr Daniel to make arrangements. (Please remember, he is never too busy to minister to the sick!)

Funerals

Funerals mark the end of a person’s life and are a time to celebrate and give thanks as well as mourn and comfort one another. Funerals can take place in the church, in a crematorium or cemetery chapel, or (rarely) at the graveside, and the parish priest is available to officiate wherever the funeral may be. If you would like to put arrangements in place for your own funeral please contact Fr Daniel who will be happy to discuss this with you. If you are the next-of-kin arranging a funeral, and you would like the funeral to be in church or conducted by a Church of England priest, please instruct your funeral director/undertaker to contact Fr Daniel on your behalf in the first instance.

Blessing of a Home

Moving home can be a significant moment, as well as a time of stress and anxiety. Many people appreciate having their new home blessed. This is a short and simple rite, and, if desired, can involve the whole family! Again, please contact Fr Daniel to make arrangements.